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Lukas Podolski will become an Arsenal player at the end of the season after Cologne accepted a £10.9million bid for the Germany striker.

Sportsmail revealed last week that Podolski had agreed personal terms with Arsenal and that the only obstacle to a deal going through was the clubs’ respective valuation of the 26-year-old.

An initial near-£18million asking price was dismissed as prohibitive by Arsenal, who began the bidding at around £8million. With Podolski underlining his eagerness to spearhead Arsene Wenger’s attack by quickly settling on personal terms, however, the Gunners came back with an improved offer that was reluctantly accepted by the Bundesliga club.

Podolski is now due at Emirates Stadium once the Bundesliga season ends and will sign a four-year deal worth over £100,000 a week.

Cologne manager Stale Solbakken reacted to Sportsmail’s account of Podolski’s imminent departure by admitting he feared he would lose his prize asset this summer.

The air of resignation at Cologne increased after Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admitted on German television on Wednesday that he had been quizzed by his international team-mate about life at the club.

‘He has been very interested for the past few weeks,’ said the Arsenal centre-back. ‘He has sent me a number of text messages, and I have told him this is a great place to work and Arsenal are an amazing club.’

Sportsmail reported last month that Arsenal were eager to convince Robin Van Persie of their ambitions by bidding for Podolski and his Germany team-mate Mario Goetze.

While Borussia Dortmund are in no mood to let rising star Goetze leave without a fight, Cologne quickly realised they had little hope of keeping Podolski, in the wake of Arsenal’s approach.

Wenger followed up his interest after Podolski impressed Arsenal chief scout Steve Rowley with a consistent run of form that has brought him 16 Bundesliga goals this season.

Wenger has been under mounting pressure to make the calibre of signings needed to dispel any misgivings Van Persie may harbour about committing himself to the club beyond a contract that runs out at the end of next season.

Polish-born Podolski is in his second spell at Cologne, after having mixed fortunes during a three-year stay at Bayern Munich, but has done enough on the international stage to leave Wenger in no doubt about his pedigree.

Wenger has also been encouraged to pursue a long-standing interest in the left-sided frontrunner by a firm belief that he has the pace and physical strength to thrive in the Barclays Premier League.

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Time to get that money out for RVP!

Good to do business early.

Break the bank.

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Podolski in, RVP out it seems

This is what i think

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dont this guy have problems with homesickness and sh*t?

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Seems RVP gone and I hope this is not true.

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Signing Lucas Podolski isnt the be the all/ end all of RVP, i refuse to believe that

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hes average

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arsenal with 2 players on over 100k?

board won't alow that

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16 League goals this season (only 2 behind Gomez & Huntelaar)

Proven International player

26 years old

There must have been competiton for his signiture

Hopefully the start of this season has taught the club a lesson and we get signings wrapped up early. RVP contract negotiations depend on it.

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Will Wenger revert back to 4-4-2 or play Podolski from the left

Never really set club level alight until this season

His last big move was horrible but not everyone makes it at FC Hollywood

Beast on the International scene where now days he deployed from the left

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Good, people finally seeing this...

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Never rated this guy, he's a guy who's lived off his previous hype.

Please let this fall through especially for them wages.

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You would think that a team that have conceded over 50 goals in all competitions would try and buy a defender or two not a striker

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the way we concede our goals aint just down to our defenders .. koscielny and vermalen are both good its how the whole team defends as a unit and stuff like midfielders not tracking their runners etc

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We are a team setup to score more goals than we concede.

Everybody in our team wants to attack rather than defend... We probably have three players in our team that take defending seriously.

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Y u taking the bait

Spesh from a guy who just took 3 from Bilbao

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Wenger said: "I don't have a lot to say about Podolski. If we sign a player we will inform you."

"Our plan is to keep Robin van Persie, even if we buy any player," Wenger said. "Robin is the leader of our club and I would just like to specify that he is not out of contract."

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IMO Podolski plays too similar to Rvp for them to be playing together. This suggests to me RVP gone. Who knows though. Football is mad.

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Lu Lu Lu Lukas Podolski

:rofl:

Thank goodness for the Arsecast this morning playing this.

That German Euro pop.
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